229, Topics in American Politics: Political Scandals and Crisis Management, Quintin King, J.D. This course will explore the political, social, and economic underpinnings of various political scandals. It will explore the cause and effect of these incidents: who and what caused them, who was at fault, and why they occur and reoccur. What role do lobbyists, other insiders, and money play in these incidents? The format will include readings, lectures, and a case study method (in which the student will be asked to take on the role of a political crisis manager).
259, Country Studies: Comparative Political Development, Kathleen Arnold, Ph.D. In this course, students will learn about the recent history of political and economic development programs in developing or developmental countries. Many of these countries are former colonies which, while they may be resource-rich, suffer from political and economic instability. We will study development approaches, comparing different methods, as well as critiques of these programs. The class will investigate the role of the Bretton Woods Institutions in development programs, the United Nations, and non-governmental organizations. We will also focus on specific groups and issues in order to learn about how development affects certain communities. Gender, class, ethnicity, and indigeneity all play key roles in these analyses.